Asian Turkey Meatballs with Chili Garlic Glaze

  • Author: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Yield: makes approximately 24 small meatballs (about 1.5 tablespoons each) 1x
  • Category: Ground Turkey
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped Napa cabbage (few leaves of cabbage)
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots (about 2 large carrots)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (about 3 onions)
  • 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chili-Garlic Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add ground turkey to a large mixing bowl. Add ginger, carrots, cabbage, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper to turkey and using your hands and a light touch, gently combine until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Using a small scoop (1.5 tablespoon) or spoon roll into small meatballs and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  5. While meatballs are cooking, prepare glaze by combining soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, brown sugar and water into a small bowl. Whisk together and let sit so that sugar can dissolve.
  6. At 10 minutes of cooking time, brush or spoon glaze over each meatball. Bake for another 3-5 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  7. Note: Double recipe for glaze if you want to serve as dipping sauce. Separate and set aside, do not use same sauce for glazing and dipping to avoid cross contamination.